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Memoir

Robert Stern
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Robert M. Stern, Ph.D., professor of economics and public policy, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, and professor of public policy, School of Public Policy, retired from active faculty status on May 31, 1999.

Professor Stern received his B.S. degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1948, his M.B.A. degree from the University of Chicago in 1952, and his Ph.D. degree from Columbia University in 1958. He was an assistant professor at Columbia from 1959-61. He joined the University of Michigan as an assistant professor of economics in 1961 and was promoted to associate professor in 1963 and professor in 1966. In 1983, he was named professor of economics and public policy and, in 1995 he was appointed professor of public policy.

Professor Stern is widely respected for his work in international economics. Early in his career, his focus was on the relationship between trade and economic development. More recently, he has turned his attention to trade among industrialized countries as well, studying both bilateral relationships and multilateral trade-liberalization initiatives. Professor Stern has published over 100 papers, 9 books, and 13 edited volumes. He has organized numerous conferences on trade and trade policy, helping to make Michigan an internationally recognized center for international economics. All of these contributions reflect the breadth of his intellectual interests and his belief in the importance of trade for improving living conditions around the world.

As a prominent international economist committed to real-world problems, Professor Stem has traveled widely. His research has brought him to Japan, the Caribbean, Spain, India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, and Malaysia.

The Regents salute this distinguished scholar by naming Robert M. Stern professor emeritus of economics and public policy and professor emeritus of public policy.